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Belgium Satellite Services Increases Capacity With Eutelsat to Boost Development of VSAT Services in Africa and Middle East
PARIS, January 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Belgium Satellite Services (BSS), a leading teleport and satellite communications provider in Europe and Asia, today announced the signature of a new long-term contract for 46MHz of C-band capacity on the EUTELSAT 10A satellite.
The contract reflects BSS's ambition to step up its activity in Africa and the Middle East, and follows its acquisition, completed last month, of INTERSAT, a leading provider of satellite-based data solutions with offices in Kenya and the United Arab Emirates. The new capacity on EUTELSAT 10A will allow BSS to expand VSAT services for the client base of more than 150 businesses, NGOs and government administrations built by INTERSAT in over 25 countries in Africa and the Middle East, and to develop new business. Networks will be managed by BSS using its teleport in Lessive (Belgium) and state of the art ground station equipped with the latest iDirect technology.
Nitin Dhawan, CEO of Belgium Satellite Services reports:"We are happy totakeourstrong10-year relationship with Eutelsat tothenext level. Thisis important for BSS asthe acquisition ofINTERSAThassignificantly expandedthe scope of our business.Thanks totheextensiveC-bandfootprintonEUTELSAT 10Asatellitewe can build a strongplatform for service provisionacross the African continentandtheMiddle East.We arenow positioned to strengthenour response to businesses and multinationalsin demandingenterprisesectors,includingthe banking sector,thatneedsecure and scalable networks.Thenew capacity enables us to consolidate ourlong-term positioning inthis part of the world, boostingour international expansion."
Jean-Franois Leprince-Ringuet, Chief Commercial Officer at Eutelsat, added: "Thisnew contractwith BSSfurther anchorsEUTELSAT 10Ain dynamic regions across Africa andtheMiddle East.We are delighted that itsperformance andcoveragewillenable BSStoaccelerateits growthand that our longstanding partner has renewed its confidence in us with this new lease."
About Belgium Satellite Services
Belgium Satellite Services s.a. (BSS) is a leading player in the worldwide satellite services market, providing tailor-made, high-quality satellite networking solutions including hub and hosting services, IP over satellite, voice termination and TV & broadcast solutions. BSS was formed following the acquisition of Belgacom's satellite services division in 2007. With two teleport sites and state-of-the-art facilities in Belgium and excellent fiber connectivity between the teleport and the globe, BSS is committed to providing international broadcasters, Internet Service Providers and corporate customers with advanced satellite services at a competitive price.
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About Eutelsat Communications
With capacity commercialised on 30 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris : ETL, code ISIN: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading satellite operators. As of 30 September 2012 Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more than 4,400 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution, corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 750 commercial, technical and operational professionals from 30 countries. http://www.eutelsat.com
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